Is It a Migraine or Just a Headache? Here's How to Read the Signs and Tell the Difference
Headaches are like a box of chocolates: You never know which kind you're going to get (and can only hope the one you end up with doesn't bring your day to a screeching halt). As you've likely experienced yourself, there's no single, standard type of headache. They run the gamut from dull-yet-annoying, to pounding, to sharp and painful, to feeling like your entire head is being squeezed by a boa constrictor.
And thanks to plenty of television ads for pharmaceuticals, most people are familiar with (or have at least heard of) a migraine. But a migraine is technically different and so much more than just a bad headache—migraines are the result of a neurological disorder. Sure, that's an interesting fact—but how's that going to help you in the moment of intense head pain and discomfort? Two neurologists explain the difference between a migraine vs. headache, common causes and symptoms, and when it's time to see a doctor.